Case Studies

The following is a brief overview of specific Beaumont Kaizen initiatives:

Pill Cutter

Kaizen pill cutter

- nurse needed to split pill. The medication room was missing pill cutter

Problem – nurse had to walk to the other medication room to get pill cutter

Kaizen – anchor pill cutter to the wall in the medication room

Result – pill cutter always available, saving nursing staff time locating a pill cutter


Turn Teams

Kaizen turn teamObservation – bed bound patients were not consistently turned every two hours

Problem – increased risk of pressure ulcers

Kaizen – created turn team; used turn clocks as visual cue

Result – consistent turning of patients; resulting in 100% reduction in unit acquired pressure ulcers